September 17, 2008

The Bride Bargain

I'm still under the weather, but I did want to let you know that I enjoyed this book. Don't miss the question I have for you at the end of post. Humor a gal while she's down & play along...okay?

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Bride Bargain

Barbour Publishing, Inc (September 1, 2008)


Kelly Eileen Hake


Life doesn't wait, and neither does Kelly Eileen Hake. In her short twenty-three years of life, she's achieved much. Her secret? Embracing opportunities and multitasking. Kelly received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract five years ago, she's reached several life goals. Aside from fulfilling fourteen contracts ranging from short stories to novels, she's also attained her BA in English Literature and Composition and earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools. If that weren't enough, she's taken positions as a college preparation tutor, bookstore clerk, and in-classroom learning assistant to pay for the education she values so highly. Currently, she is working toward her MA in Writing Popular Fiction. No matter what goal she pursues, Kelly knows what it means to work for it!

Kelly's dual careers as English teacher and author give her the opportunity explore and share her love of the written word. A CBA bestselling author and dedicated member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kelly is a reader favorite of Barbour's Heartsong Presents program, where she's been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader's Choice Awards; including Favorite New Author 2005, Top 5 Favorite Historical Novel 2005, and Top Five Favorite Author Overall 2006 in addition to winning the Second Favorite Historical Novel 2006!

Her Prairie Promises trilogy, set in the 1850s Nebraska Territory, features her special style of witty, heartwarming historical romance.


Set down upon the wild American plains during the 1850. Clara is desperate for a home and a future for herself and her aunt. When Clara Fields and her aunt are kicked off their wagon train, a store owner in Buttonwood offers a chance at redemption. If Clara is able to wed his grandson off to any of the local girls within a month, he'll sign over his two-story house.

Desperate to provide for the woman who raised her, Clara agrees to find a bride for the man's son--a stalwart bachelor. How hard can it be to find a bride for one handsome Doctor? Apparently more difficult than she imagined when Saul Reed seems determined to remain single.

Will Clara's faith and wits help her wrangle a resolution to The Bride Bargain. Striking a bargain with a lonely trader to fool a head-strong doctor could lead Clara to an unexpected avenue of romance.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Bride Bargain, go HERE


I could see myself in Clara...determined to make her way in the world without a man. Though she didn't need one, she found she might want one...nearly too late. Her attempts to marry Saul off, despite her growing attraction to him, demonstrated how stubborn and prideful she was (anyone besides me?)

Which got me to did you grab your honey's attention (or did he grab yours?) You can leave a comment, or write your own post & let me know about it. When I'm feeling better, I'll come back and share my own story.

P.S. If you think of it, say a prayer for me as I start the girls' Bible study tonight. I'm on the mend, but it's hard to talk much without coughing my head off.


Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Dear Father,

Please be with Melissa tonight as she begins Bible study. May today be filled with restful moments that renew and restore her strength. Soothe her cough and strengthen her voice. Show up in a big way tonight, we ask!

Give Melissa an instructed tongue as she leads tonight--put your words in her mouth to teach the truth and encourage the weary.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...


Toben and I met in high school. He came into the store where I worked, because his friend worked there with me. He was dating someone else, so was I.

So we were "just friends"--friends who spent a lot of time together and liked to kiss each other a lot!

We got engaged the night before I graduated from high school, married when I was 19 and a sophomore in college, and here we are almost 17 years later.

Totally a miracle.

His Girl said...

I wish I had a great story of attention-grabbing. Truth is, I think it was merely a smile..for both of us.

I can't imagine if I had to wade back into the dating world now,(heaven forbid) nearly 20 years later.

praying for your health, my friend.

Jillian, Inc. said...

I think we grabbed each other's attention when I walked into Caribou Coffee on Peachtree Street on April 5, 2003 at 10am. We met through e-Harmony and so it was kind of a "blind" date. That date lasted 8 hours and we were married on New Year's Eve that year. I was 35 and he was 40 and I had gotten good at not "needing" a man. In fact, I sometimes still act that way and it was one of the biggest challenges to me when we got married. But I'm working on it and praying through it. hee-hee. Looks like I did a blog post right here in your comments...sorry it's so long!